Shirley and Harrison Gibson held their annual “Brian Gibson’s Christmas Dinner” on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. The dinner is in memory of their son, Master Patrol Officer Brian T. Gibson. This dinner makes Christmas special for the Gibson’s. It gives them a chance to see the officers from all over the city, as well as giving them a chance to visit with many of the DC survivors. Dinner started at 12:00pm and ended around 6:30pm.
As always, they had a steady flow of officers coming to dine and fellowship. Pat Odom, Mrs. Gibson’s sister, and her husband Clyde, came to DC to assist Mr. & Mrs. Gibson with the dinner. I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Brian, but I believe he must have been some kind of wonderful, based on the number of officers and friends that come out every year in his memory.
On February 5, 1997, shortly before 3 a.m., a recently released convict was evicted by an off-duty police officer from the Washington, D.C., night club where he was celebrating his 23rd birthday. Embarrassed in front of his gang-member friends and seeking revenge, the man retrieved a gun from his car, intending to return to the club and shoot the officer.
Before he made it back, however, a police cruiser pulled up at a nearby intersection and stopped at the red light. He changed direction, walked around the back of the patrol car to the driver’s side, where he fired four shots into Brian Gibson’s head, neck and shoulder. Gibson, 27, married and the father of two children, died later that morning. The shooter said afterwards, he shot Gibson because “One cop is as good as another.”